Ballboy era in inter-county game comes to an end

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The day of the ballboy in inter-county Gaelic games is no more, Croke Park have confirmed.

By John Fogarty, GAA Correspondent

The organisation’s Central Competitions Control Committee (CCCC) have taken the decision to do without ball retrievers at all league and championship games this year.

As there are no ballboys on duty for provincial fixtures, where there has been little or no problems encountered, it was agreed by the CCCC that this year the measure would be extended to all Central Council-organised games.

Goalkeepers must now retrieve the balls themselves.

The restart protocol in hurling is slightly different: in last year’s All-Ireland final, the goalkeepers had to be handed the sliotar by an umpire before pucking it out.

Last June, the CCCC issued a directive that all ballboys on duty at a football championship game must come from a county not involved in that particular fixture.

It was also stated the ballboy could not feed the ball directly to the goalkeeper but position the balls in a place of easy access to him.

That decision was taken in the wake of injured Tyrone player Conor Clarke acting as Niall Morgan’s ball-retriever during their clash with Monaghan earlier that month.

Standing behind the goal, Clarke attempted to distract Kieran Hughes when he took the penalty and was later asked to leave the area.

In an interview in this newspaper 13 months ago, Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice claimed Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton was fed the ball quickly in the 2013 All-Ireland semi-final but when Dublin were leading Kerry’s supply from ballboys slowed down.

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Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 1-17 Derry 0-13

Kerry defeated Derry by 1-17 to 0-13 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 1 on February 8th at Celtic Park.


Allianz Football League Division 1 – Kerry 1-17 Derry 0-13

Paul Geaney’s match-winning total of 1-5 from play helped All-Ireland champions Kerry pick up their first victory in this year’s Allianz Football League.

In what was their first-ever match in Celtic Park, Kerry were never behind and led 0-10 to 0-7 at half time. Derry captain Mark Lynch was given a red card after 51 minutes when his side were trailing by four points. Kerry were already in control but took advantage of the extra man to romp to a comfortable win, with Geaney hitting 1-4 of his total in the second period. Bryan Sheehan was unerring from dead balls hitting seven points in all.

Geaney and Stephen O’Brien kicked points inside the first minute to put Kerry ahead and although Derry drew level twice during the opening half, the Kingdom had their noses in front for most of it. Derry wing-back Kevin Johnston scored their first point and a Mark Lynch free drew them level after five minutes.

Kerry opened up a 0-5 to 0-3 lead with Bryan Sheehan in fine form with a 45m point from play, a long-range free off the ground and a ’45′. With little penetration in the full-forward line, Derry were restricted to long-range points and Gerard O’Kane, sweeper Daniel Heavron and Ciaran McFaul all landed sweet points from distance.

Tommy Walsh, starting his first game for Kerry since the 2009 All-Ireland final, started at wing-forward but struggled to get into the game and switched to full-forward before half-time. Kerry had a strong second quarter and Jack Sherwood ran 50 metres straight through the heart of the opposition’s defence to chip the ball over the bar with Stephen O’Brien and Barry John Keane also on target as the visitors coasted to a 0-10 to 0-7 half-time lead.

With no scores from their full-forward line, Derry brought on Eoin Bradley for the start of the second half and he gave them a physical presence up front and kicked four frees. His brace early in the second half brought the Oak Leafers to within a point, but Kerry responded with Geaney stroking over points off either foot.

Derry were trailing 0-13 to 0-9 when Lynch was dismissed for a high elbow tackle on Jonathan Lyne in the 51st minute. Initially Derry rallied, scoring the next two points with frees from Bradley and Ciaran McFaul.

However, Kerry outscored the home side by 1-4 to 0-2 in the closing 14 minutes with the goal coming after a slack pass across goal by Niall Holly. The ball was recycled out to Johnny Buckley who fed Geaney and his low curling left-footed finish in the 61st minute cemented a good away win for the Kingdom.

Scorers for Derry: E Bradley 0-4 (4f), M Lynch 0-2 (2f), C McFaul 0-2 (1f), D Heavron 0-2, G O’Kane 0-1, K Johnston 0-1, B Heron 0-1 (f).

Scorers for Kerry: P Geaney 1-5, B Sheehan 0-7 (5f, 1 ’45′), BJ Keane 0-2 (1f), S O’Brien 0-2, J Sherwood 0-1.

DERRY: T Mallon; O Duffy, N Holly, J O’Kane; K Johnston, G O’Kane, SL McGoldrick; M Lynch, C McAtamney; C McFaul, B Heron, E Lynn; M Craig, T O’Brien, D Heavron. Subs: E Bradley (0-4, 4f) for O’Brien (HT), D Brown for J O’Kane (42), E McGuckin for Craig (44), N McNicholl for McAtamney (53), C Murphy for McFaul (BC, 68), J Kearney for Lynn (70)

KERRY: B Kealy; P Kilkenny, M Griffin, F Fitzgerald; J Lyne, J Sherwood, P Murphy; D Moran, J Buckley; M Geaney, B Sheehan, T Walsh; S O’Brien, P Geaney, BJ Keane. Subs: A Maher for Walsh (42), K Young for Kilkenny (58), D Walsh for M Geaney (59), K O’Leary for Keane (64), P O’Connor for Fitzgerald (BC, 64)

Referee: Joe McQuillan (Cavan)
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Report: Orla Bannon for GAA.ie




Fixture Details

Sun 08 Feb
Allianz Football League Roinn 1 2015 Round 2
Venue: Celtic Park
Derry V Kerry 14:00
Ref: Joe Mc Quillan



Team News

Kerry Senior Football Team V Derry

The Kerry Senior Football Team to play Derry in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League in Celtic Park, Derry on Sunday shows one change in personnel from the side that started against Mayo in Round 1 – Tommy Walsh makes his first start in the Kerry colours since the All Ireland Final of 2009 partnering his club colleague David Murphy in midfield. Kieran O’Leary drops to the subs bench with Anthony Maher, Killian Young and Donnchadh Walsh also returning to the panel.

The team, captained by David Moran is as follows:

1. Brendan Kealy Kilcummin

2. Pa Kilkenny Glenbeigh/Glencar

3. Mark Griffin St Michaels/Foilmore

4. Fionn Fitzgerald Dr Crokes

5. Jonathan Lyne Killarney Legion

6. Jack Sherwood Firies

7. Paul Murphy Rathmore

8. David Moran (C) Kerins O’Rahillys

9. Tommy Walsh Kerins O’Rahillys

10. Michael Geaney Dingle

11. Bryan Sheehan St Marys

12. Johnny Buckley Dr Crokes

13. Stephen O’Brien Kenmare

14. Paul Geaney Dingle

15. Barry John Keane Kerins O’Rahillys

Fir Ionaid:

16. Shane Murphy Kilcummin

17. Kieran O’Leary Dr Crokes

18. Philip O’Connor Cordal

19. Alan Fitzgerald Castlegregory

20. Jack McGuire Listowel Emmets

21. Shane Enright Tarbert

22. Anthony Maher Duagh

23. Killian Young Renard

24. Donnchadh Walsh Cromane

25. Padraig O’Connor Killarney Legion

26. Thomas Hickey Desmonds

27. DaithI Casey Dr Crokes

Bainisteóir: Eamonn Fitzmaurice (Finuge)

Traenálaí: Cian O’Neill (Moorefield, Kildare)

Róghnóirí: Diarmuid Murphy (Dingle), Mikey Sheehy (Austin Stacks).

Additional Information:

Tommy Walsh

Made his League debut V Limerick in 2007, having been a Minor in 2005 and 06, played U21 for 3 years 2007 to 2009. Made his Champ debut V Clare in 2008 and scored 4-23 in 16 senior Champ appearances. Holder of an All Ireland medal following victory over Cork in 2009 a game in which in kicked 4 points from distance from play, 2 with right and two with the left! Has been in Australia playing AFL since then.

Jack Sherwood

Made League Debut V Donegal in 2013 and Champ debut in semi final V Dublin same year

A Run thru the subs:

Shane Murphy – Current U 21 Goalkeeper – U21 Keeper since 2013

Padraig “Podge” O’Connor – Made AFL debut V Dublin in 2010, Played Minor in 2009 and U21 in 2009 and 2010.

Thomas Hickey – Kerry Minor 2010 and 2011, Kerry U21 in 2014

Philip O’Connor – Played Kerry Junior in 2013 – When he came on as a sub against Mayo in Round 1 he was the first Cordal man to play senior for Kerry since the great Tim “Tiger” Lyons who won 2 All Irelands with Kerry in 1959 and 1962.

Alan Fitzgerald – Member of last year’s extended panel but injury hampered his progress last year, has played U21 and Junior for Kerry and came on as a sub in last year’s AFL against Dublin.

Daithí Casey – Made his League debut against Mayo as far back as 2011, Holder of 4 Co Champ medals with Dr Crokes

The Derry team to play Kerry on Sunday at Celtic Park (2pm) is as follows:

1. Thomas Mallon / T Ó Maoileoin (An Lúb)
2. Oisín Duffy / O Ó Dubhthaigh (Forghleann)
3. Niall Holly / N Holly / (Eoghan Rua)
4. John O’Kane / S Ó Catháin (Gleann an Iolair)
5. Kevin Johnston / C Johnston (Dún Geimhin)
6. Gerard O’Kane / G Ó Catháin (Gleann an Iolair)
7. Sean Leo McGoldrick / S L Mac Ualghairg (Eoghan Rua)
8. Mark Lynch (C) / M Ó Loingsigh (Beannchar)
9. Conor McAtamney / C Mac an Tiompanaigh (Suaitreach)
10. Ciarán McFaul / C MacPhail (Gleann)
11. Benny Heron / B O’hEarain (Baile na Scrine)
12. Enda Lynn / E Loinn (Grainloch)
13. Mark Craig / M de Creag (Dún Geimhin)
14. Terence O’Brien / T Ó Briain (An Lúb)
15. Daniel Heavron / D Heavron (Machaire Fíolta)
16. Eoin McNicholl / E Mac Niocaill (Gleann an Iolair)
17. Declan Brown / D de Brun (Baile Eachaidh)
18. Liam McGoldrick / L Mac Ualghairg (Eoghan Rua)
19. Conor Murphy / C Ó Murchadh (Dún Geimhin)
20. Néill McNicholl / N Mac Niocaill (Gleann an Iolair)
21. Barry McGoldrick / B Mac Ualghairg (Eoghan Rua)
22. Eoin Bradley / E O’Brolachán (Gleann an Iolair)
23. James Kearney / S Ó Brollacháin (Suaitreach)
24. Daniel McKinless / D Mag Aonglais (Baile an Doire)
25. Emmett McGuckin / E Mag Eocháin (Machaire Fíolta)
26. Seán Brady / S Ó Brádaigh (Baile Mhic Guaigín
27. Brian Óg McAlary / B Óg Ó Cleirigh (Cill Ria)

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Offaly 0-13 Waterford 1-4

Offaly defeated Waterford by 0-13 to 1-4 in Round 2 of the Allianz Football League Division 4 on February 8th at O’Connor Park, Tullamore.


Offaly profit from solid defensive display against Waterford

Offaly 0-13 Waterford 1-4

Allianz Football League Division 4 – Offaly 0-13 Waterford 1-4

Report from the Irish Times newspaper

A very solid defensive display laid a powerful foundation as Offaly recorded a second league win yesterday. Having conceded just 1-2 in London the previous week, Offaly kept Waterford to 1-4 in Tullamore and an improved attacking display saw them pull away for a comprehensive victory.

The introduction of Niall McNamee early in the second half provided the spark for Offaly to push on. Offaly were level, 0-6 to 1-3, when McNamee came in and the Rhode man kicked two superb points as the home side put the boot down. Waterford played most of the game with fourteen men after midfielder Shane Aherne was sent off for a second yellow card after nineteen minutes. They competed well in very foggy conditions in the first half and Michael Curry’s punched goal gave them a 1-2 to 0-4 lead in the 27th minute. Waterford were a point up, 1-3 to 0-5 at half time, but Offaly were a vastly superior outfit in the second half, restricting them to just one point and adding eight themselves.

OFFALY: A Mulhall; D Brady, P McConway, J O’Connor (0-1); C Donohue, J Maloney, D Hogan (0-2); G Guilfoyle (0-1), R Allen (0-1); K Mullally, P Sullivan, N Bracken; B Allen (0-1), N Dunne (0-3, one free), W Mulhall (0-2, one free)
Subs: E Rigney for O’Connor (bc, 36 mins), N McNamee (0-2) for Mulhall (bc, 41 mins), A Sullivan for Bracken (44 mins), N Geraghty for Mullally (59 mins), C McNamee for A Sullivan (bc, 59 mins), J Ledwith for Brady (65 mins).

WATERFORD: S Enright; D Crowley, R O’Ceallaigh, T O’Gorman; T O’hUllachain, M O’Gorman, C Phelan; S Aherne (0-1, f), T Prendergast; M Curry (1-0), M O’Halloran (0-1), P Hurney (0-1); M Fercombe, J Veale, G Nugent
Subs: P Whyte (0-1, free) for Veale (22 mins), O Keevers for Curry (46 mins), N Walsh for Whyte (64 mins), JJ Hutchinson for Ferncombe (62 mins), J Curry for Nugent (66 mins).

Referee: S Joy (Kerry)


Fixture Details

Sun 08 Feb
Allianz Football League Roinn 4 2015 Round 2
Venue: O Connor Park, Tullamore
Offaly V Waterford 14:00
Ref: Sean Joy


Team News

Waterford Senior Football team to play Offaly in O’Connor Park, Tullamore on Sunday has been named following training tonight.
1. Stephen Enright Ballinacourty
2. Dean Crowley St. Saviours
3. Ray Ó Ceallaigh An Rinn
4. Thomas O’Gorman (CAPT) Nire
5. Tadhg Ó hUallacháin An Rinn
6. Maurice O’Gorman Nire
7. Conor Phelan Brickey Rangers
8. Shane Aherne Stradbally
9. Tommy Prendergast Kilrossanty
10. Michael Curry Rathgormack
11. Michael O’Halloran Ballinacourty
12. Patrick Hurney Ballinacourty
13. Mark Ferncombe Ballinacourty
14. Joey Veale Kilrossanty
15. Gavin Nugent Rathgormack


Paul Geaney says Tommy Walsh finding his feet and will again be a force for Kerry

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Tommy Walsh.

Tommy Walsh in 2009

Paul Geaney has no doubt Tommy Walsh will be a force for Kerry again, yet the 2014 All Star nominee believes the former AFL player may take longer to re-acclimatise to Gaelic games than Tadhg Kennelly did five years ago.

Kennelly was an AFL player for eight years – three longer than Walsh — when he returned home to win an All-Ireland title with the Kingdom in 2009, but he had routinely spent his off-seasons making the odd appearance for Listowel Emmets. Walsh has not topped up his Gaelic skills in the same manner with Kerins O’Rahillys and so has returned to his native code cold in recent months with little in the bank after five years attempting to perfect the art of playing with an oval ball.

That said, Walsh made his full debut for Kerry in Derry two days ago and Geaney spotted what he believed to be clear signs of improvement in his 43 minutes from the man who made a cameo off the bench against Mayo.

“He is kicking well,” said Geaney. “It is a difficult skill to start kicking with the oval ball and it must be similar when you come back. He hasn’t really played football here, unlike Tadhg Kennelly who used to come back for local championships. Tommy didn’t do that, so it must have been strange coming back, getting up to the speed of things in Division One of the Allianz League. But he’s progressing well.”

Walsh appeared for Ireland in the International Rules series during his sojourn Down Under and he has lined out for Kerry a good six weeks earlier than Kennelly did when he made his bow back in March of 2009. The Kerins O’Rahilly man looked rusty at times in Celtic Park, but one long and accurate kick pass to clubmate Barry John Keane stood out. Even so, it may well be the summer when pitches are harder that we see the best of him.

“Well, none of us are used to the softer pitches after the winter we had,” said Geaney with a laugh. “But the best is absolutely still to come for Tommy and for the whole group. The fitness and the sharpness is going to come. It’s a bit early in the year to be expecting that off every fella. As the pitches get harder and the training progresses every fella is going to get into good nick and Tommy is going to be sharp when championship comes.”

Geaney is already there on Sunday’s evidence. The Dingle full-forward was electric in Derry, scoring 1-5 and setting up half-a-dozen other points despite the attention of three different markers over the course of the day.

“Ah, it’s nice to get a bit of a tally,” he said. “I’m feeling sharp again for the first time in a while so happy days. It’s the first time in a while I’ve kicked a big score, hopefully it continues.”

Perhaps the most impressive aspect to Kerry’s overall display was the fact that it came despite the absence of so many faces.

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Three things we learned from the weekend’s GAA

Monday, February 09, 2015 – 11:47 AM

We look at three things that caught our eye in the second week of the National Football League.

HAS JIM GAVIN TOO MANY OPTIONS?

Jim Gavin used 21 players on Saturday at Croke Park as Dublin recovered from their opening-day loss to Cork in the Allianz NFL Division 1 to orchestrate a five-point success over Donegal.

Davy Byrne, Ciarán Kilkenny, Jack McCaffrey, Philly McMahon, Bernard Brogan and Michael Darragh Macauley were all summoned from the substitutes’ bench at various stages at headquarters by Gavin.

McCaffrey, of course, had a significant impact too scoring 1-1 – including an outstanding goal not too dissimilar to the one he registered against the Rebels in the All-Ireland quarter-final in 2013.

Gavin could easily have thrown in another 10 high-quality performers such is the well-documented strength in depth of Dublin.

However, does Gavin know his strongest 15 team?

Is it possible that later on, the Metropolitans might begin to fall over themselves, so to speak, in the summer months?

Quite possibly!

COLM O’NEILL’S CHARACTER

Weaker folk would have hidden in a dark corner after the severe injury troubles Colm O’Neill has endured in the last few years.

However, those that may have doubted his capacity to return to the level of form he was displaying prior to suffering his third cruciate injury can rest easy.

Although the Ballyclough clubman was not overly-involved in open play in Castleblayney, his assassin-like qualities surfaced again as Monaghan conceded defeat to Cork.

As soon as O’Neill gets ball in hand the opposition tends to find itself in serious trouble, and provided he can remain injury-free this season, the Rebels possess a rare attacker capable of dismantling any rearguard.

Above all else though, O’Neill is a shining example to sports personnel everywhere, and of all ages.

His attitude is consistently brilliant and the forward’s mental strength must be incredibly high after what he has been through.

See also: League Sunday panel: ‘Remarkable’ Colm O’Neill the difference for Cork

KERRY’S OFFENSIVE ARSENAL

In the absence of players such as Colm Cooper and James O’Donoghue, Paul Geaney seems to be on a mission to guarantee his place among the household names of the All-Ireland champions.

Geaney, of course, scored 1-2 (0-1 free) in the All-Ireland final last year, but it could be that 2015 represents the year in which he becomes an indispensible component of their attack.

The Dingle clubman, also prominent in Sigerson Cup action for UCC, scored 1-5 in Celtic Park against Derry and was directly involved in another six of Kerry’s scores which is a remarkable return from any attacker.

Yet, Geaney will have to be relentless throughout the league again if he is to remain as one of their nailed-on starting forwards.

Simply put, Kerry’s attacking riches remain the envy of the entire country, especially with Darran O’Sullivan preparing himself for a return to the fold.

HS football team of the week

09 February 2015

A Cork fan arrives for the Monaghan game in Castleblayney. ©INPHO/Presseye/Andrew Paton.

Galway twins Cathal and Patrick Sweeney make our HS football team of the week …

1. Ken O’Halloran (Cork)

The Cork netminder auditioned for an outfield role with a late run into Monaghan’s half but performed his primary functions well.

2. Alan Byrne (Wicklow)

Wicklow came from nine points down to claim the Division 4 spoils at the expense of visitors Leitrim and Byrne, along with fellow defender Ross O’Brien, gave a solid display.

3. Patrick Reilly (Louth)

The Wee County’s full-back played a prominent role in holding Clare scoreless for the closing 27 minutes of their Division 3 clash in Drogheda.

4. Cathal Sweeney (Galway)

Corner-back Cathal and his twin brother Patrick were two of the stars of Galway’s hard-earned minimum margin victory over hosts Westmeath in Mulligar.

5. Damien O’Reilly (Cavan)

The Breffni centre-back made the scoresheet with two points as Terry Hyland’s charges scored a five-point victory in Portlaoise on Saturday evening.

6. John Small (Dublin)

The Dubs gained a small measure of revenge for last year’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat and newcomer Small continues to catch the eye in the pivotal number six jersey.

7. Diarmuid Masterson (Longford)

Longford held on for a one-point home victory against visitors Antrim in Division 4 and Masterson rarely put a foot wrong in their half-back line.

8. Mark Collins (Cork)

Colm O’Neill stole the headlines in Castleblayney but Collins was also a central figure as the Rebel County continued their winning ways.

9. Steven O’Brien (Tipperary)

Having lost their opening round clash against Armagh in somewhat controversial circumstances, Peter Creedon’s Tipperary bounced back with a 12-point defeat of neighbours Limerick.

10. Darren McCurry (Tyrone)

The diminutive Tyrone forward caused all sorts of problems for the Mayo defence and chipped in with four points (two from frees) as Mickey Harte’s men proved their critics wrong.

11. Bryan Sheehan (Kerry)

Sheehan’s accuracy from placed balls is a potent weapon in the Kerry arsenal and he contributed seven points to his side’s final tally of 1-17.

12. Andrew Tormey (Meath)

The hard-working half-forward chipped in with four valuable points for Meath as they inflicted a two-point loss on neighbours Kildare in Pairc Tailteann.

13. Colm O’Neill (Cork)

O’Neill struggled to shake off the close attentions of Monaghan’s Ryan Wylie early on but his personal haul of 2-6 proved to be the difference between the sides at the final whistle.

14. Paul Geaney (Kerry)

With all the talk about the return of Tommy Walsh to the Kerry line-up, Geaney reminded Kingdom followers what he is capable of with a return of 1-5, all from play, against Derry.

15. Patrick Sweeney (Galway)

Galway go into the three-week break with four points in the bag thanks to the efforts of Sweeney who top-scored with 1-5 against Westmeath.

Football team of the week

The Allianz League is well and truly up and running following the second round of fixtures at the weekend. Here, Independent.ie’s Michael Verney picks his team of the weekend.

1. Ken O’Halloran (Cork) 

The Rebel goalkeeper showed all the skills in his repertoire with excellent tactical kicking as well as some fine saves in their narrow win over Monaghan.

2. Alan Byrne (Wicklow)

When everything was going wrong around him, Byrne was a sea of calm for the Garden county and played a crucial role in their extraordinary comback win against Leitrim.

3. Paul McConway (Offaly)

The Offaly skipper was outstanding for the second week in a row as the miserly Faithful defence coughed up only 1-4 against an in-form Waterford side.

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4. Cathal McCarron (Tyrone)

The Red Hand defender put on a clinical display at corner-back combining ferocious tackling with efficient counterattacking play as Tyrone downed Mayo.

5. Damien O’Reilly (Cavan)

O’Reilly typified the attacking half-backs of this generation bombing forward to kick two scores as Cavan powered past Laois in O’Moore Park.

6. Peter Acheson (Tipperary)

Limerick were held scoreless for the entire first-half with Acheson dominant at centre-back. The Moyle Rovers club man also foraged up the field to kick two points as the Peter Creedon’s side coasted to victory.

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7. Jack McCaffrey (Dublin)

Despite only entering the fray in the 48th minute, McCaffrey’s contribution was telling and his electrifying goal turned the tables in favour of Jim Gavin’s side.

8. Mark Collins (Cork)

Collins was the dominant midfielder on display and set up Colm O’Neill’s key second-half goal as the Rebels edged Monaghan in St Mary’s Park, Castleblayney.

9. David Moran (Kerry)

Last year’s All Star midfielder continued where he left off in the All-Ireland final with a dominant display of fielding as himself and Johnny Buckley controlled the aerial duel against Derry.

10. Dean Rock (Dublin)

The Ballymun forward was impeccable from placed balls maintaining a narrow advantage for his side throughout before eventually pulling away and exacting revenge for their All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Donegal.

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11. Bryan Sheehan (Kerry)

Sheehan once again displayed his sheer class from placed balls stroking over points from a variety of distances and angles as the Kingdom bested Derry in Celtic Park.

12. Andrew Tormey (Meath)

The Royal half-forward was the ‘go to’ man kicking four points as Meath powered to a Division 2 win over Leinster rivals Kildare.

13. Patrick Sweeney (Galway)

A great day for the Sweeney twins with Cathal solid at corner-back and Patrick scored a whopping 1-5 from open play and winning the crucial penalty in the Tribesmen’s one point victory over Westmeath.

14. Paul Geaney (Kerry)

The Dingle attacker was to the fore notching an impressive 1-5 from play as Kerry got their opening league points of the season.

15. Colm O’Neill (Cork)

Despite being well marshalled by Monaghan’s Ryan Wylie in the first-half, The Ballyclough predator exploded to life in the closing 35 minutes and his two goals were crucial as the Rebels maintained their unbeaten run in Division 1.